Two separate petitions launched earlier this year in Canada asking the government to ban conversion therapy have amassed a combined 70,000 signatures. The first one (11 200 signatures) demands the government to stop performing conversion therapy on minors in the country and to legally forbid parents to take their children abroad to perform these practices on them. Meanwhile, It Gets Better Canada is asking the government to clearly state that such practices are opposed and condemned in the country. This petition was signed by 58 400 people. Devon Hargreaves, who helped launch one of the petitions, told the BBC that there was no reason for Canada to allow the practice as a country that considers itself a forerunner in human rights. Just three countries in the world ban conversion therapy – Ecuador, Brazil and Malta.